A woman in her early 20s was taken to hospital after being stabbed in the head and neck with a fork at a popular restaurant in Blanchardstown Retail Park.

Gardai are investigating the assault at Captain Americas restaurant on Monday, July 1, at around 8.45pm which left the victim with minor injuries.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and treated the woman before she was taken to nearby Connolly Hospital.

A man in his 30s was later arrested and detained at Blanchardstown Garda Station. He has been charged and is due before the courts.

Several witnesses have been interviewed and a garda spokesperson said investigations were ongoing.

A spokesperson for Press Up Entertainment, which operates Captain Americas, said they were “incredibly proud of our brave staff who stepped in to stop it and grateful to our customers for their help and understanding”.

The spokesperson added: “Investigations are ongoing, so we are unable to comment further. We thank the gardai for their continued efforts.”

It is understood that several diners may have witnessed the assault and staff at the restaurant tended to the injured woman before paramedics arrived.

A garda spokesperson said: “Gardai are investigating an assault incident that occurred in the Blanchardstown Retail Park on July 1 at approximately 8.45pm.

“A woman in her early 20s received minor injuries to her head and neck allegedly caused by a fork. She was taken to Connolly Hospital as a precaution.

“A man aged in his 30s was subsequently arrested and detained at Blanchardstown Garda Station. Investigations are ongoing.”